NCF alumna named Senior VP at Florida Aquarium

From artdaily.  com (Tampa), January 8, 2020

TAMPA, FLA.- The Florida Aquarium announced today that Dr. Debborah Luke, an internationally recognized leader with over 25 years of marine and environmental conservation leadership experience, has joined its executive team as Senior Vice President of Conservation. In this role, Debi will be expanding the Aquarium’s dedication to understanding and conserving aquatic species and ecosystems.

“Dr. Luke’s passion for our Blue Planet, her deep technical and management expertise on marine and environmental conservation issues, and her experience as a leader make her a perfect fit,” said Andy Wood Chief Operating Officer of The Florida Aquarium. “Over more than two decades, she has worked in nearly all aspects of conservation, and she understands what is required to drive impact at scale.”

She brings a wealth of experience to the Aquarium leadership team. Most recently, Debi served as the Executive Director of the Society for Conservation Biology – the premier organization for professionals and students who dedicate their work towards advancing the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biological diversity. In this role, she oversaw the strategic business planning for seven regional global sections and over thirty-five international chapters; supported the development of international collaborations that addressed critical environmental and conservation issues; managed the administration of three of the world’s most prestigious peer-reviewed conservation-based scientific journals; and created a marine-focused track for the organization’s international congress.

Read the rest of Dr. Luke’s contributions here.


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